‘Contact and Collect’ in Phase 2

Public Libraries are due to begin offering more services to the public  as outlined in Phase 2 of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business. However, it will be some time before full library services can resume.

What to expect in Phase 2

Our first priority will be to make arrangements for a safe lending & return service via a ‘Contact and Collect’ type model.
This means that at first, library spaces will be restricted to library staff only and will not be accessible to the public. Instead, you can contact Clones, Carrickmacross or Monaghan branch libraries by phone. Please have your Library card details to hand when calling. If you have specific requests let us know, otherwise you can chat with the librarian about what you like to read in general and they will choose a selection of titles based on your/your children’s preferences. When you call you will be given a designated time at which to collect your order. Please ONLY come at your designated time so as we can avoid multiple people gathering at the library doors. It is imperative that you keep a safe social distance from Library staff and other users. You are welcome to return books during your visit but you will be asked to place them in a returns box rather than handing them to Library staff. We thank you for your understanding and co-operation during this period of phased re-opening.

As the government roadmap progresses, the library sector will plan a gradual re-opening aligned to health and safety directives. But over time, and with caution and care, we will begin to re-open our buildings to the public.
In all situations, the health and safety of library users and staff will be paramount. Social distancing will be observed where library users interact with services, and all health and safety protocols will be observed.
You can continue to use your library online!
Don’t forget, you can access library services online, and these online services will continue to be available as we move through the re-opening phases. You can:
• join the library online;
• download eBooks and eAudiobooks;
• read magazines and newspapers
• take eLearning or language courses;
• watch or listen to storytimes; or,
• take part in other activities like virtual author visits & other webinar events.